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Growing Up with Grifters

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Date Host Art Bell

In hours 2-5, Art is joined by Kent Walker, author of "Son of a Grifter," which tells the tale of Walker’s crazy upbringing. In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty-three-year-old son Kenny. Kent Walker, Sante's other son, reveals how he survived forty years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.

As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then—with Kent's painful collusion—snare what Sante called "my millionaire." When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell. For the next two decades Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior. Kent, their would-be recruit, was privy to the family business—torching houses, and defrauding friends. When Kent's half-brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old—old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother's sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.

In the first hour, Art talks about the Steven Greer UFO Disclosure press event which had taken place earlier in the day. Open Lines and other news stories are also featured.

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